Eight ideas on Improving Your Productivity

Eight ideas on Improving Your Productivity

Download as PDF Here are 8 different things you could try, together or separately, to improve your time management, and thus your productivity.

What If We Knew What Reviewers Said About Other Grants?

What If We Knew What Reviewers Said About Other Grants?

This post is inspired by episode 695 of This American Life (everyone's a critic).

How to Fall in Love with Your PhD

How to Fall in Love with Your PhD

  There's a difference between, "it is hard", and "it is killing me".  So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD - from within and without academia - is that "you'll hate it". Or "you won't enjoy it". Or "PhDs are meant to suck".

How I Build My Endurance Muscle

How I Build My Endurance Muscle

I’ve long held the belief that a PhD is the longest continuous single project one person will work on in their life. When combined with your undergraduate degree it is longer than primary school, or high school – with no term breaks. And few an (unlucky) few of you, your PhD will be/is longer […]

Planning Your (Ideal) PhD

Planning Your (Ideal) PhD

Download as PDF Increasingly, PhDs are planned, and project managed. Certainly in Australia anyway. So, what is the ideal PhD plan? I’m not entirely sure, but here is my stab at it.

Metrics for Measuring Research Outputs

Metrics for Measuring Research Outputs

Download as PDF The last few blogs have focused on measuring your success, and then reporting your success.  Here, I’m looking at some measures and why you might want to focus on them.

Reporting Your Success

Reporting Your Success

Previously I wrote about measuring your success. And the next obvious step after measuring is to report (or at the very least note down or record). Hopefully, you have spent a little bit of time – not heaps, but not none – investigating what success means to you, and how you can measure it.

Living Your Priorities

Living Your Priorities

Download as PDF Being a successful researcher – either as an established academic, ECR or PhD student – requires you to progress different aspects of your research, at different speeds, at different times. Although I believe in any one week a successful researcher should be devoting time to […]

Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

Using LinkedIn (As an Academic)

Download as PDF If you’re not sure how to use LinkedIn, perhaps think of it as a research conference.

Mistakes People Make Writing Their Thesis

Mistakes People Make Writing Their Thesis

Some of the most common mistakes I see people make when it comes to writing their thesis.

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